Lead Swift Developer Chris Lattner is Leaving Apple

Lead Swift Developer Chris Lattner is Leaving Apple

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Chris Lattner, the lead developer that helped Apple create its new Swift programming language, has announced he is leaving the company.

Lattner announced his decision to leave Apple on the swift-evolution list. He will remain an active member of the Swift Core Team and Ted Kremenek will take over as project lead.

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Since Apple launched Swift at WWDC 2014, the Swift team has worked closely with our developer community. When we made Swift open source and launched Swift.org we put a lot of effort into defining a strong community structure. This structure has enabled Apple and the amazingly vibrant Swift community to work together to evolve Swift into a powerful, mature language powering software used by hundreds of millions of people.

I’m happy to announce that Ted Kremenek will be taking over for me as “Project Lead” for the Swift project, managing the administrative and leadership responsibility for Swift.org. This recognizes the incredible effort he has already been putting into the project, and reflects a decision I’ve made to leave Apple later this month to pursue an opportunity in another space. This decision wasn't made lightly, and I want you all to know that I’m still completely committed to Swift. I plan to remain an active member of the Swift Core Team, as well as a contributor to the swift-evolution mailing list.

Working with many phenomenal teams at Apple to launch Swift has been a unique life experience. Apple is a truly amazing place to be able to assemble the skills, imagination, and discipline to pull something like this off. Swift is in great shape today, and Swift 4 will be a really strong release with Ted as the Project Lead.

Note that this isn’t a change to the structure - just to who sits in which role - so we don’t expect it to impact day-to-day operations in the Swift Core Team in any significant way. Ted and I wanted to let you know what is happening as a part of our commitment to keeping the structure of Swift.org transparent to our community.

-Chris
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Update:
Tesla has hired Chris to lead their Autopilot engineering program.

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Lead Swift Developer Chris Lattner is Leaving Apple
Kk - January 11, 2017 at 1:09am
He is leaving because he doesn't want to be a part of apple when it falls down because of that idiot Tim Cook
This_guy - January 11, 2017 at 2:51am
Can you elaborate?
Bybo - January 10, 2017 at 11:27pm
Where's he going?
Wakari34 - January 11, 2017 at 4:07am
He is going to Tesla, he is the new Vice President of autopilot software
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